Sunday, 21 February 2010

Donor update

Well actually there isn't all that much to update. I rang the clinic last week to see where we were on the sperm donor waiting list, and apparently we still have another couple of months to wait. So much for there being no waiting list, or only taking 2 months. I've been told to expect early April, but that could all change depending on donors and how many people are doing treatment around this time.

I'm trying not to think too much about it, I really am enjoying my life at the moment and am trying not to dwell on fertility stuff. It's just hard to always have this thing in the back of your mind, wondering and worrying...

I went to a 3rd birthday party at my best friends place for her little girl Mia on Saturday. She put on such an amazing event with pass the parcel, a perfect birthday cake, and activities for all the kids. But I couldn't handle it. Practically every person there was a mother or father and all they could talk about was kids and babies. It's not their fault, I know that, but I realise that I don't have anything in common with mothers. I don't have my own child, a baby who I love with all of my heart. I don't know about sleeping patterns or how to soothe a baby's cries, or deal with teething. Because I am not a mother. And I don't know if or God-willing when I will be.

I also went to another friends little boys 3rd birthday this morning. I love little X and feel very spoiled that I got to make his birthday cake (a Blue's Clues cake - pics coming soon!), but once again, as much as I love him, he is not my child. It really hurts.

I don't expect anyone who hasn't been through infertility to get it. People can sympathise, and they understand that we hurt, but nobody can truly understand the pain deep in your heart. The yearning for a child that you can love with everything you have. No matter how much I distract myself from it, that pain is always there.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

I swear

I have the most dysfunctional family on the planet. Or at least in Perth.

No details, just frustration.

Sunday, 14 February 2010


While I haven't been a particularly good girl with my food and exercise this week (Sorry my Foxy Red Team!), I have been very good when it comes to my FebuSave challenge! I haven't been spending excessive amounts of money, although I also haven't been limiting myself all the time - I forgot my lunch one day this week so I bought something from the food van that visits our office, and I also went out and had dinner and played bowls with a group of friends on Saturday night. Great fun without getting too expensive.

One of the things that I have been motivated to do as a result of thinking about my money and taking back control, is finding all of those little super accounts that I had when I was 18 and working a couple of different jobs, to roll over the cash into my main superannuation account. I went to a 'Lost Super' website (Google it - there are a couple which can do the job for you), and found out that I had at least two other superannuation accounts, one had the princely sum of $75 in it, but the other account had close to a thousand dollars sitting there that I would never have known about before. All it takes is filling out one form, getting my drivers license copied and certified (the pharmacist at the chemist can do this for you), and Voila - extra money in your super that you never had before!

Monday, 8 February 2010

Get Foxy!

Today is Day 1 of the Fernwood Foxy Challenge which I am taking part in. It's a 12 week program with weekly personal training, dietician advice and group PT, plus weekly challenges where you gain points. My short term goal is to complete the triathlon in three weeks, and my long term goal is to lose at least 6 kilos over the 12 weeks. It doesn't seem like a lot, but 6kg would make a big difference to me and it is the kickstart I need to feel confident about going back to IVF.

On the Febusave front, I have been super good this past week. I went to Ikea on the weekend to buy two bookcases (A bargain at only $115 each!) and managed to resist buying anything else. If you know me, you will know that is a huge achievement. The last trip to Ikea I came away with $170 worth of... well nothing really! And the other day I was out for a walk, and went past a nail salon. Instinctively I went to walk in to get a pedicure, but I stopped myself and instead went home and took out my ample nail supplies and gave myself a mani-pedi. Easy as that, I already had all of the stuff, it was just laziness on my part to get someone else to do it. An extra $35 in the bank account.

This is actually the first payfortnight in a long time that I still have money in the bank (and my credit card) at the end of the fortnight! Go me, and go Febusave!

With Valentines Day coming up, usually we get each other something small and then go out for dinner, plus probably a movie. Instead we are going to our usual Wildcats game, and then I plan to take out a picnic blanket and strawberries (a whole $4) and have dessert under the stars after the game. This saving thing can actually work - I just needed to be a bit more inventive and a little less lazy.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010


Something very exciting happened a couple of weeks ago, when the opportunity came up to be a supporting blogger for ANZ banks new initative for February - Febusave! The entire idea behind Febusave is that women should be empowered to look out for their money. That means learning how to save, budget, and open our eyes to our superannuation, shares and all other money related issues.

Whenever I have mentioned this new blogging opportunity to friends and family, they think it is hilarious as I am not the savings type and am definitely a shopaholic!  But I am taking this as a personal challenge to myself to get myself on the straight and narrow. After all if I can do it, anyone can!

So each blog post this month will include a little hint or tip to do with managing money, and I plan to personally give each one of them a go and I'll let you know how I progress. My goal at the end of the month is to have not spent unnecessary money - no clothes shopping, no extravagant birthday gifts for people, and using all the tools available to me to make my money go further. 

You can join up as part of the Febusave initiative at the ANZ website

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Brothers and Sisters

Someone out in TV land, in the depths of the USA has had some real experience of infertility. I want to thank that person for persevering because thanks to them we have 'Brothers & Sisters'. So far there have been storylines involving miscarriage, IVF, adoption and now egg and sperm donors and surrogacy. The new season started yesterday on TV (So no one give away any plot details please!) and it was refreshing to sit down and see issues that I can empathise with on the box. Certainly better than Neighbours or Home & Away!